Now there’s one thing abut me that most people in the VW community would have no clue about and that is my past as an avid Transformers collector.
For the better part of the naughts, I had a collection of 2500+ figures from 1984 and more or less stopped collecting around 2011.
I had a long running blog Plastic Crack – A Transformers Blog that has more or less been dormant since 2011 when I shifted to Facebook as a blogging tool. I continued to lose interest in the hobby even though some of the third party stuff really was well done and far better than the mass produced stuff Hasbro was churning out with those awful movies.
Anyway. That was another life for me and unfortunately, I still live with a massive amount of toy crap that I’ve slowly been selling off with the funds mostly going into Murbella and Żuczek parts.
Where’s this post going you ask?
Well… see… I still have one rule about the toy collecting and that is if my favorite Transformer all-time Shockwave is released as a toy, I will still buy him. He’s what go me into the whole Transformers thing (when my cousin got him in 1985) and through the decades he beckons me in his all his purple majesty.
And I’ve recently realized that a lot of the color pallets I’ve been gathering for Żuczek B.’s restomodding continually, and probably unconsciously, end up coming back to Shockwave’s general appearance.
In most iterations of the character, be they illustrated, animated, in toy form, etc. he’s purple and gray, with some minor black accents and of course, his glowing single eye which is often orange or dark yellow.
I think I’ve been coming back to this color pallet for a reason.
This is what my car should look like!
A deep glossy candy or metallic purple, with both light and dark gray accents, and a little black here and there.
Hell. I’ll even make a custom sunscreen for the front windshield with the single eye on it as a bit of an in-joke for those people who would possibly know what it means.
Now the real question of course is which shade of purple?
Shockwave has been done in a wide variety of shades. Some very dark. Some bright. Some middle-of-the-road.
I’m apt to lean towards the mid-to-dark shades since I think those work best in metallics. I’m not really into pearls as much since I prefer the more silvery shimmers of metallics instead of the irridescent rainbowy colors of pearls.
But I’m really wondering on what a very glossy metallic purple might look like with flat gray accents.
I’m pretty sure I’m headed in the right design direction.
Thank’s Chad Alan. It is all your fault!